Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed me on September 28 to preside over Texas Crime Stoppers Council as one of five Board members.
Governor Abbott said, “Thank you for your willingness to serve Texas as my appointee. Your knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council. I look forward to working with you to ensure the future remains bright for Texas.”
In July, his office called me to public service saying they could use my marketing expertise. In the months that followed a good deal of paperwork and due diligence was completed.
I’m very honored to serve the people of Texas and I’m looking forward to supporting the roughly 150 state chapters which are separate 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in getting their message out to the communities they serve so we can mitigate crime among our neighbors and protect the great people of the Lone Star State.
The Council advises the Governor on crime stoppers programs in Texas and certifies local crime stoppers programs in order for them to receive payments of rewards or payments of probation fees established by the Code of Criminal Procedure, according to this statement.
Two weeks ago, the 29th annual Texas Crime Stoppers conference convened in Seguin, and I had the opportunity to meet some incredible Texans serving in various law enforcement roles and within crime stoppers organizations. What they do on a daily basis, many of them for the past few decades, was encouraging to hear. The Governor’s staff within his Criminal Justice department was also in Seguin managing the event and it was lovely getting to know each of them.
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos said, “Congratulations Lauren on your recent appointment to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council. Public service is a great calling. Thank you for taking time away from your family and everyday life to serve our great state.”
Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush said, “Congratulations on your appointment to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council. I am sure that you will do a great job for the State of Texas.”
During a four-year term, the Governor of Texas will make about 3,000 appointments. My term goes until September 2020 and I’m looking forward to working over the coming years with the other four council members, law enforcement, the state chapters’ boards, staff, and volunteers, as well as the gubernatorial office staff.
If you have ideas on how to stop crime in your community, I encourage you to reach out to your local Crime Stoppers organization and ask how you can help. Many organizations are looking for volunteers, donors, and individuals willing to serve on their local board. Please also feel free to contact me with your state-wide ideas at LaurenHartDay@gmail.com for non-GoodBuzz business.
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